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Azithromycin 500mg Tablets (Traveller's Diarrhoea Pack)

Azithromycin 500mg Tablets (Traveller's Diarrhoea Pack) (3 tablets)

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Description for Azithromycin 500mg Tablets (Traveller's Diarrhoea Pack)

Azithromycin is an antibiotic that helps to kill the bacteria causing traveller’s diarrhoea. It is the first line treatment for simple traveller’s diarrhoea caused by the most common bacterial infections in most countries.

Our Traveller's Diarrhoea Treatment Pack contains Azithromycin tablets (an antibiotic), Loperamide capsules (anti-diarrhoeals) and Dioralyte sachets (rehydration sachets) for complete treatment of traveller's diarrhoea.  

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Azithromycin is a first-line treatment for traveller’s diarrhoea caused by common bacterial infections in most countries. It is an antibiotic that kills diarrhoea-causing bacteria and reduces the symptoms and duration of traveller’s diarrhoea, especially when taken with loperamide. The dose of Azithromycin is one tablet daily for three days. Begin taking Azithromycin as soon as you develop diarrhoea, not before. It cannot be used as a preventative measure.

You can also take the anti-sickness tablet, Avomine, to minimize fluid loss and discomfort.

Azithromycin is the preferred antibiotic for treating travellers' diarrhoea in South Asia (India, Pakistan) or SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, etc.). In other parts of the world, the antibiotic ciprofloxacin is preferred.

Traveller's Diarrhoea is a common condition effecting 20-50% of international travellers. It usually occurs during the first two weeks of travel to a foreign country, especially in the developing world where it can effect up to 60% of travellers.

Symptoms of Traveller's Diarrhoea include passing three or more unformed stools within 24 hours, often accompanied by nausea, stomach pain, bloating, vomiting and/or fever.

Traveller's Diarrhoea can be contracted when the body is exposed to unfamiliar bacteria. Bacterial infections normally account for around 85% of cases. For the local population, these bacteria are often harmless but for a foreign traveller they may result in infection. Viruses and parasites may also account for a minority of traveller’s diarrhoea.

The organisms that cause traveller's diarrhoea include bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, parasites such as Giardia and viruses like norovirus. These organisms can be contracted through contaminated food and beverages as well as contact with dirty hands and plates.

Avoiding contaminated foods is the most effective way to prevent Traveller's Diarrhoea. Basic precautions include:

  • Drink only safe water and beverages that have been boiled, bottled or distilled. Avoid tap water and hot drinks which have not been boiled.
  • Avoid ice cubes as they may be made with contaminated tap water.
  • Avoid ice-cream and other frozen desserts as many developing countries experience frequent power cuts which means these products can defrost and refreeze at unsafe temperatures.
  • Avoid raw fruit and vegetables that you have not peeled.
  • Avoid salads as they may have been washed with contaminated water.
  • Wash your hands before eating.

Standby treatment is recommended for the following travellers:

  • Travellers who often experience diarrhoea while travelling abroad
  • Travellers with bowel conditions such as IBS.
  • Travellers to destinations far from medical help.
  • Travellers who have conditions which may be aggravated by severe dehydration/diarrohea.
  • Record your other symptoms. Diarrhoea can be a symptom of other travel illnesses such as malaria or hepatitis. It is important to see a doctor if you do not improve within 3 days or have other severe symptoms such as headache or fever.
  • Be cautious with water, ice, fruit, salads and seafood. These are usually the main culprits with traveller’s diarrhoea. Try to stick to bottled water and avoid fruits that cannot be peeled. Avoid drinks with ice and salads that may have been washed in water that is not fit for drinking.

Non-Prescription Alternatives

Imodium is one of the UK's most well known diarrhoea treatment, and the original Imodium Capsules have provided a tried and trusted remedy for almost 40 years. The formula provides fast and effective relief from the symptoms of diarrhoea, while gently helping to restore your body's natural rhythm in just a single dose.

Dioralyte does not cure or treat diarrhoea. It will help to replace any fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhoea; however it will have no curative effect.

OTC (over the counter medication) alternative for Travellers' Diarrhoea

In some more simple cases travellers' diarrhoea can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. These medicines include Loperamide (Imodium) and re-hydration sachets (Dioralyte). Using these products together will help ease the symptoms, this will help as your body is trying to fight off the infection. You must also ensure you remain hydrated so take on as much fluids as possible during this time, as dehydration is the most dangerous consequence of Travellers' diarrhoea. 

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to take Azithromycin tablets (antibiotics)

  • Take one tablet a day for 3 days.
  • Continue the course until it is complete unless a doctor directs otherwise.
  • Start taking Azithromycin as soon symptoms of traveller’s diarrhoea occur. These include diarrhoea, sickness, nausea and stomach cramps.

How should I take Loperamide capsules (anti-diarrhoeals)?

  • Take two capsules when diarrhea begins, followed by a further capsule after each loose bowel movement.

Do not take more than 8 capsules in 24 hours

Side effects can include:

Mild allergic reactions (serious reactions are rare). If

You develop any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Sudden difficulty in speaking, breathing and swallowing

Swollen lips, face, tonue and neck

Extreme dizziness or fainting

Severe or itchy skin rash, especially if it includes blistering and the eyes, mouth or genital organs become sore.

Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you develop any of the following symptoms:

Diarrhoea that lasts a long time, is serious or has blood, accompanied by stomach pain or fever. This can signal a rare but serious bowel inflammation.

Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin as this can signal liver problems.

Severe pain in the abdomen and back which can indicate inflammation of the pancreas.

Reduced or increased urine output, or traces of blood in the urine

Skin rash caused by photosensitivity

Unusual bruises or bleeding

Irregular heart beat.

Other common side effects:


Abdominal pain



Lack of appetite

Feeling dizzy


Tingly sensation or numbness

Changes in your sense of taste

Vision impairment


Vomiting, stomach pain or cramps, digestion problems

Skin rashes and itching

Joint pain


Change in the concentration of bicarbonate in the blood and the quantity of the white blood cells.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in a different way, stop using Azithromycin and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.


Azithromycin 500mg

Inactive ingredients:

croscarmellose sodium (E468), magnesium stearate (E572), silicium dioxide (E551), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), poloxamer, povidone (E1201), talc waterfree lactose.


hypromellose (E464), hydroxypropyl cellulose, macrogol, titanium dioxide (E171).

not take Azithromycin tablets if:

  • you have liver, kidney, or heart problems.
  • You have low levels of potassium or magnesium.
  • you develop symptoms of another infection.
  • you take any derivatives of ergot such as ergotamine (for migraines). Read the section below about taking Azithromycin with other medications.
  • you have muscle weakness, myasthenia gravis.
  • you have neurological or psychiatric problems.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medications:

Antacids - Azithromycin should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after the antacid

Ergotamine - (for migraine treatment) should not be taken with Azithromycin as the combination may cause serious side effects such as numbness or tingling in the limbs, headaches, muscle cramps, convulsions, chest or abdominal pain.

Cholesterol-lowering medications, statins.

Warfarin or similar medicines – Blood thinners. Azithromycin can further thin the blood.

Cisapride - For stomach problems. This medication should not be taken with Azithromycin as severe heart problems may result.

Terfenadine - For hay fever. When taken with Azithromycin, severe heart problems may develop.

Zidovudine or Nelfinavir - For HIV treatment. Taking nelfinavir with Azithromycin may make you susceptible to more of the side effects listed in this leaflet.

Rifabutin - For tuberculosis treatment.

Quinidine – For treatment of heart rhythm problems.

Cyclosporin – For preventing organ-rejection. Your doctor will regularly check your blood levels of cyclosporin and may change your dose.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medications. Inform your doctor about any medications you take or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information



We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 working day - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. We aim to dispatch all DPD orders placed before 3pm on the same working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.



We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is traveller’s diarrhoea?

    Traveller’s diarrhoea usually develops during or after a trip abroad where food or water has been contaminated by microbes. It usually clears up after a couple of days, but it can persist for longer than a week in some cases. Other symptoms can also include fever, vomiting and abdominal pain.  

  • What does Azithromycin do?

    Azithromycin works by destroying the bacteria responsible for causing diarrhoea. It achieves this by preventing the bacteria from producing the proteins they need to survive.

  • How effective is Azithromycin?

    Azithromycin is a highly effective treatment for traveller’s diarrhoea. However, its overall effectiveness is rated at 97%, as it has proved ineffective against giardia and amoebic dysentery. If Azithromycin doesn’t successfully clear up you diarrhoea, you should seek further advice from a doctor.

  • How can I tell if the treatment is working?

    Taking Azithromycin will reduce the overall duration of your diarrhoea. Without treatment, symptoms usually persist for 3-4 days. Using Azithromycin will cut this time down to 1-2 days. You will know whether Azithromycin is working by whether your symptoms have cleared up within this time. If the diarrhoea persists, consult with a doctor.

  • When do I need to start treatment?

    Treatment should be commenced as soon as you notice any symptoms of diarrhoea. These symptoms include; frequent loose stools, nausea, and stomach cramps. The sooner treatment is started, the quicker your recovery will be.

  • Will I need to continue the course until the Diarrhoea has completely cleared up?

    Yes. This will help prevent resistant strains of bacteria from developing.

  • Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Azithromycin?

    No. Alcohol can potentially neutralise the positive effects of Azithromycin. This will mean your diarrhoea won’t be cured effectively.

  • Where in the world is Azithromycin a good option?

    Azithromycin is the best method for treating bacterially caused diarrhoea in certain countries. Azithromycin is particularly effective in South Asia and South East Asia. This includes India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, & Myanmar. 

    Azithromycin is recommended in these regions because there is resistance to Ciprofloxacin, an alternative TD antibiotic.

  • Do I need a prescription to obtain Azithromycin?

    Yes. Azithromycin is a prescription-only-medicine (POM). A private prescription can be issued online by visiting The Online Doctor at The Independent Pharmacy. After your consultation is reviewed by one of our doctors, your treatment can be promptly dispatched.

  • Is Azithromycin known as anything else?

    Brand names of Azithromycin include; Zithromax and Zmax.

  • How long does traveller’s diarrhoea last?

    Traveller’s Diarrhoea can last around 3 to 4 days, and sometimes even lasts a week or over. 15% of those that suffer symptoms may experience vomiting and 10% experience bloody stools. If you believe you have this condition then it is important to treat it effectively and promptly to speed up recovery. 

  • Is this condition contagious?

    Yes, it is contagious whether it is caused by a viral infection, bacteria or parasite. It is usually contracted by those who ingest the microorganisms, bacteria or parasite which then makes them ill. This type of illness is highly contagious and therefore you should practice good hygiene if infected, as to not pass on the illness to others.

    Pathogens that cause traveller’s diarrhoea can survive on surfaces for a number of days and so good hygiene will help to prevent the spread of the illness.

  • If you are suffering with traveller’s diarrhoea, should you eat anything?

    Yes, if you are taking antibiotics and are not feeling nauseated or have been vomiting then there is no reason why you shouldn't eat any food until you feel better. To treat diarrhoea generally, it’s recommended that you eat uncomplicated foods until you start to feel better. Dairy products can prolong recovery time. If symptoms persist for longer than a week then it’s important to seek medical attention.

  • What to do if you get traveller’s diarrhoea?

    If you are planning to travel to a developing country then it is a very good idea to prepare properly before you head off. This means stocking up on antibiotics incase you do fall ill with traveller’s diarrhoea.

    If you do fall ill with this condition while travelling, the best thing to do is to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids to replace the water lost from your body. It is also very important to seek medical advice to rule out any other stomach conditions if it last for longer than 3 days, or if treatment was ineffective.

  • What causes traveller’s diarrhoea?

    Surprisingly enough, the most common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea is via food, not contaminated water. Bacteria called enterotoxigenic E. coli is the usual culprit for those that come down with traveller’s diarrhoea. There is a number of different bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause the same symptoms.

  • Is it safe to take Azithromycin during pregnancy?

    It is not recommended to take this medication if you are pregnant. It’s important to seek medical attention if you are suffering from these symptoms. 

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